Feb 25, 2013 6:30pm PST
it means for the eu debt crisis. what does brussels make of the vote so far? is austerity out? >> there are no official comment yet, but you can rest assured that everyone is watching very closely. brussels has been very concerned and worried about the potential return to power of silvio burlesconi. they have been working very closely together this past year to get in back on its feet. italy, like we have heard before, is a very important player in europe, the third biggest contributor to the euro budget and one-fifth of the rescue aid comes from realm. the concern is that if silvio burlesconi returns to power, that risks plunging the entire eurozone into chaos again. plus, the european project could come to a standstill. one message has been received here in brussels. more than half of the italians voted for the euro-sceptic populist. one of them, they will have to deal with in the next government that will be formed. >> nina, thank you for the update from brussels. the outcome of the italian elections has been weighing heavily on financial markets. our correspondent from fra
Feb 21, 2013 6:30pm PST
and growth. >> angela merkel says all eu member states must cut costs. two weeks ago, the chancellor and british prime minister david cameron went out in brussels securing an eu budget cut of around 3%. now merkel has defended that decision. she says the crisis means everyone has to save. >> i will say it quite plainly -- it would have been hard to explain to people in europe, both to the states hit by the crisis and those bearing the bulk of the burden of solidarity why everyone in europe has to say except for europe itself. >> but the opposition disagrees. social democrats' candidate for chancellor peer steinbrueck says merkel advocates too much austerity and too little investment. he also accused merkel of making common cause with europe's foes. >> you've made an unholy alliance with no sense of perspective. and with a leader david cameron who may want to leave the you. it is a strange alliance if your aim is to safeguard europe's future for the days to come. >> strong stuff, but the opposition is the least of merkel's worries. the european parliament has to pass the budget draft.